Research Master Course 2015: Trending Topics

RMeS: Trending Topics 2014-15

When? Friday February 6th and 20th, March 6th, 20th and 27th; all 13.00 – 17.00 hrs, except March 27th 10.00-17.00 hrs
Where?  Bungehuis 3.37, Spuistraat 210 Amsterdam
Course? RMa Course: Trending Topics
Coordinator? dr. Maryn Wilkinson (UvA)
Guest lectures by? see program below.
Organisation? RMeS
Open to? First and second year RMa students in Media Studies, who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). Students who are members of RMeS will have first access. RMeS staff and PhD researchers are welcome to sit in on specific sessions; please send an e-mail to RMeS if you intend to attend one or more seminar sessions:
Registration: max number of participants: 15
Registration closes: 20 January, 2015
Note: This course fully booked, please send us an e-mail with your name, university and research school. We will put you on our waiting list.

Each spring, the Research School for Media Studies offers a Trending Topics course where faculty members from eight participating universities (UvA, UU, VU, EUR, UL, UM, RUG, RUN) present the latest research in their fields of interest, in a series of lectures and workshops. The course invites RMA students to participate in an international, cutting edge research environment, while earning credits towards their degree. It presents a unique opportunity to get to know other students and leading academics from all over The Netherlands, in an open setting of engaging and ambitious exchange that would prove particularly fruitful for students who are aspiring to pursue a future career in academic research or teaching. All eight universities accept the credits earned in this module.

Media studies today is decreasingly tied to specific media types (film, television, or digital media) or practices (e.g. journalism), and is instead turning to the areas of interaction between them. The crossovers between these specific areas of expertise are both theoretically and methodologically challenging. Larger trends such as digitization and convergence prompt researchers to study the complex interrelation of technological changes and media content, users, and producers. Under a different umbrella theme each year, Trending Topics presents four lecture sessions that take a closer look at a major trend in the field, by bringing into dialogue two presentations by guest lecturers, who have just published books and/or articles in their respective areas of expertise. A fifth session revolves around student presentations of their own prospective work. All sessions, assignments, readings and preparatory work are supervised and marked by dr. Maryn Wilkinson(UvA)-the coordinator of the course.

In order to successfully complete the course (and earn the 6ECs), students are required to read assigned texts and prepare select assignments for each session. Students will also have to write and pass a final paper (5000 words, deadline April 17th/resit May 8th) on one of the ‘trending topics’, and give an in-class presentation during the final session. In addition to Trending Topics, three themed tutorials (of 6EC each) are offered in the spring semester with topics closely related to some of the areas of research addressed in the course.

Preliminary program

13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 6, 2015 : “New Directions for Television Theory”

  • Dr. Judith Keilbach (UU) – Televising the Eichmann trial. Technological, institutional and political contentions over a transnational media event.
  • Dr. Toni Pape (UvA) Resurrecting Television: Remix Aesthetics in Arrested Development

13.00-17.00 on Friday, February 20, 2015: “Fashion and the Media”

  • Dr. Marie-Aude Baronian (UvA) – Towards a film-philosophy approach to fashion
  • Dr. Danielle Bruggeman (RU)  – Dutch Fashion Photography: Liquid Bodies and Fluid Faces

13.00-17.00 on Friday, March 6, 2015: “New Media and Access / New Media and Audiences”

  • Dr. Jasmijn van Gorp (UU)  – Towards ‘new’ methods? Assessing digital tools for media archives
  • Dr. Karin van Es (UvA) – The Active Audience 2.0

13.00-17.00 on Friday, March 20, 2015: “New Directions for Film Theory”

  • Dr. Abe Geil (UvA) – The Art and Politics of Cinema in Badiou, Rancière, and Brenez
  • Dr. Peter Verstraten (UL) – Psychoanalysis and Cinema Revisited: Todd McGowan and Slavoj Žižek